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Not Quite Green

Posted by AlienCG on September 12, 2008

Lately all the talk is about recycling and “going green.”  We need cut back on anything that causes the release of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.  We need to stop using plastic bags and plastic bottles and quit throwing so much into our landfills…hold it…stop, stop right there.

I don’t want to get preachy or anything, but aren’t we the ones who came up with the convenience-filled, throwaway society?  Didn’t we create the plastic bag? The plastic bottle?  The plastic wrapper?  We are told not to use plastic bottles, but finding anything not in plastic bottles is virtually impossible.  We used to be able to buy soda-pop in 16 oz. glass bottles that we could take back to the store and get a deposit to put toward our next purchase.  Isn’t that nice?  But that wasn’t convenient.  So now we have these highly convenient plastic bottles that we can just throw away when were finished.  No longer do we have to lug those heavy and awkward eight packs of bottles around.  Of course, why do we the consumers have to take the burden?  Because the consumers don’t want to have to remember to take the glass bottles back to the store with them.  People opt for the easy-to-throw-out plastic bottles.  We’re responsible for our own environmental predicament because we crave convenience.  It’s that simple.  Now we have to make up for past mistakes and “go green.”  I sense some hypocracy in this.  Sorry, it was just a rant.


4 Responses to “Not Quite Green”

  1. laura b. said

    Yeah, going green can be kind of inconvenient. Sometimes it is even more expensive to choose “green” product options. It is kind of a hassle remembering my cloth shopping bags all the time.
    I guess the fact that we are willing to be inconvenienced at this point is kind of a good thing, otherwise the problems will only get worse.

  2. churlita said

    I’ve been recycling since the mid-eighties. In Iowa we have a .5 return on bottles and cans, so most people take them back. It definitely adds up. I wish they still made glass bottles, because I love drinking out of them, and I recycle my bottles anyway.

  3. babybull40 said

    I try to use cloth bags for shopping.. I forget that other stores offer the same thing.. They don’t ask you anymore if you want paper.. they bag it all in plastic.. I do reuse plastic bags for other things.. another thing is that some manufacturer’s use large amounts of plastic to wrap one tiny MP3 player/cell phones etc into it.. or toys with lots of plastic wrapping.. I think that not only the consumer needs to get green, but all the large companies need to do the same..

  4. evilesb138 said

    beer still comes in glass bottles….

    My attitude with this whole thing is: The people preaching it, the companies, the government, everyone should lead by example first.

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